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Meet the Student Ambassadors

Notre Dame Law School’s Student Ambassadors are current 2Ls and 3Ls who are excited to offer their unique insight into our community. If you have questions about the student experience at NDLS, feel free to email them at lawadmit@nd.edu. To contact a specific ambassador, simply name them in the subject or greeting of your email.

For more specific questions about the application and admissions process, please contact the admissions staff after reviewing the Frequently Asked Questions.


Natalie Piazza

Natalie Piazza, 3L (Admissions Fellow)

Hometown: Belvedere, California

Undergraduate career: University of Southern California, 2018, B.S. in Business Administration (with an emphasis in Cinematic Arts)

NDLS extracurricular activities: Student Bar Association; Moot Court; Women's Legal Forum; Business Law Forum; Dallas Alumni Ambassador  

Legal work: Summer Associate at Sidley Austin LLP; Judicial Extern for the Honorable Jon Deguilio, U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of Indiana

Future plans and aspirations: I will be going to Dallas after graduation to begin my career as an associate attorney at Sidley Austin LLP.

Why did you choose NDLS? Coming from an undergraduate institution with a large alumni base, I viewed my law school experience as an opportunity to expand my network. Not only is Notre Dame's law school alumni network unparalleled, but having access to the undergraduate network as well presents endless opportunities for NDLS students. Additionally, because I intended to pursue a legal career outside of my home state, I wanted to attend a law school with a truly national reach and NDLS has provided that. I was also looking for a law school that provided a collegial and supportive atmosphere. Being situated in South Bend really fosters that sense of community among our students and faculty. Our professors are committed to helping us navigate the law school experience, both academically and professionally. I couldn't be happier to be a Notre Dame Law student!


Ben Boris

Ben Boris, 3L

Hometown: West Chicago, Illinois

Undergraduate career: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018, B.A. in Political Science

NDLS extracurricular activities: Articles Editor, Notre Dame Law Review; Alumni Outreach Coordinator, Business Law Forum; Alumni Relations Fellow

Legal work: Summer Associate at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP; Law Clerk for the City of Chicago Department of Law, Torts Division; Judicial Extern for the Honorable David Atikins, Judge for the Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division

Future plans and aspirations: I plan to return to Chicago after graduation to pursue a career in litigation.

Why did you choose NDLS? I grew up in a family full of Notre Dame "Subway Alumni" and St. Mary's graduates. So, upon beginning the law school search, I was admittedly predisposed to Notre Dame. However, I was ultimately swayed to choose Notre Dame by the welcoming and down-to-earth nature of everyone I met in the Law School and the incredible support of the alumni network. Both of these factors stood out upon my visit and were reaffirmed in my first two years as a student.


Samantha Contreras

Samantha Contreras, 2L

Hometown: Kankakee, Illinois

Undergraduate career: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2019, B.A. in Latina/Latino Studies and Communications

NDLS extracurricular activities: Vice President, Hispanic Law Students Association; Admissions Liaison, Black Law Students Association; 2L Representative, Student Bar Association

Legal work: Law Clerk at Catholic Charities Legal Assistance (Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago)

Future plans and aspirations: I plan to return to Chicago after graduation and practice transactional law.

Why did you choose NDLS? Immediately upon arriving at Notre Dame, I felt at home and a part of something bigger than myself. Notre Dame’s alumni network is extensive, accessible, and always happy to cheer on the Irish students (and the football team!). Additionally, NDLS provided me with professors who are not only experts in their fields of study but also extremely committed to their students’ educational, professional, and personal success! I am so proud to be a part of the Notre Dame family! 


Emily Dufner

Emily Dufner, 2L

Hometown: Short Hills, New Jersey

Undergraduate career: University of Notre Dame, 2019, B.A. in Political Science and Spanish

NDLS extracurricular activities: Staff Editor, Notre Dame Journal of International and Comparative Law; Moot Court; International Human Rights Society

Legal work: Research Assistant for NDLS Professor; Dublin Honor Scholar (cancelled due to pandemic)

Future plans and aspirations: I plan to move to New York City after graduation and work in corporate law at a large, global law firm. I hope to ultimately pursue a career in international human rights law. 

Why did you choose NDLS? One of the primary reasons why I chose to come to NDLS is because of the unique international opportunities that it has for its students. From the ability to study abroad to its renowned Global Law program and faculty, I knew that NDLS is unparalleled when it comes to the study of International Law. I am also truly passionate about Notre Dame as a whole. You do not decide to come to Notre Dame for another three years if you did not absolutely love your first four! 


Austin Dunn

Austin Dunn, 2L

Hometown: La Habra, California

Undergraduate career: University of Southern California, 2018, B.A. in Political Science, M.A. in Public Diplomacy

NDLS extracurricular activities: Assistant Rector, Morrissey Hall; Director, Alumni Ambassador Program; Staff Editor, Notre Dame Journal on Emerging Technologies; Hispanic Law Students Association; Sports Law Society; Business Law Forum

Legal work: Research Assistant for a NDLS Professor

Future plans and aspirations: I hope to practice transactional law in Chicago after graduation.

Why did you choose NDLS? As a Southern California native, I knew I wanted to step outside of my comfort zone and live somewhere new for law school. When considering various schools across the country, I prioritized a law school that would allow me to practice anywhere in the country after graduation through a strong and far-reaching alumni network and that is exactly what I found in Notre Dame. Additionally, South Bend is an ideal location for law school as it strikes the balance between being secluded and private enough to allow for optimal focus but also is close enough to big cities for any weekend trips.


Nikhil Gulati

Nikhil Gulati, 2L

Hometown: Highland, Maryland

Undergraduate career: University of Michigan, 2016, B.A. in Economics and International Studies

NDLS extracurricular activities: Staff Editor, Notre Dame Law Review; New York City Alumni Ambassador

Legal work: Research Assistant for a NDLS Professor

Future plans and aspirations: Using my JD/MBA from Notre Dame, I plan to pursue a career in corporate law.

Why did you choose NDLS? I was drawn to Notre Dame’s alumni network, which is truly one of the best in the nation. Attending Notre Dame makes you a member of a huge family, and all Notre Dame alumni, including those who graduated from programs outside the Law School, are willing to help out. In addition, I really liked that NDLS offers a program with the Mendoza College of Business that enables me to earn both my JD and MBA in three years. Finally, I loved my visit to NDLS. From my interactions with students and faculty, it was clear that NDLS fostered a community focused on both legal education and personal development.


Natasha Gunasekara

Natasha Gunasekara, 3L

Hometown: Davis, California

Undergraduate career: Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles), 2016, B.B.A. in Marketing & Spanish

NDLS extracurricular activities: Teaching Assistant, Torts and Property; President & Founder, Notre Dame Real Estate Law Society; Alumni Editor, Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy; Los Angeles Alumni Ambassador

Legal work: Administrative Extern for the Honorable Harry Pregerson, U.S. Court of Appeals Judge for the Ninth Circuit; Judicial Extern for the Honorable Consuelo Callahan, U.S. Court of Appeals Judge for the Ninth Circuit; Summer Associate at Sidley Austin LLP

Future plans and aspirations: I will be returning to Los Angeles after graduation to begin my career in real estate transactions at Sidley Austin LLP.

Why did you choose NDLS? I chose Notre Dame because it was the school that I felt I would be the happiest at, which has proven itself true time and again. While the volume of work can be challenging, the students and faculty here are kind and supportive. My spiritual and emotional well-being have been well taken care of in this community, which helped me thrive during my first two years. I think that is something uniquely Notre Dame. Finally, the alumni network here is truly legendary!


Danica Hosaka

Danica Hosaka, 2L

Hometown: Thousand Oaks, California

Undergraduate career: University of Southern California, 2019, B.A. in Psychology (with minor in Psychology and Law) 

NDLS extracurricular activities: Assistant Rector, Johnson Family Hall; Staff Editor, Notre Dame Journal of Legislation; Vice President of Entertainment, Sports, Communication and Entertainment Law Forum (SCELF); Intake Committee, Notre Dame Exoneration Project; Asian Law Students Association; Student Bar Association

Legal work: Summer Associate at Warner Norcross + Judd LLP

Future plans and aspirations: I plan to move to either Chicago or Grand Rapids after graduation and pursue a career in litigation.

Why did you choose NDLS? Since high school, I've wanted to move to the Midwest. So, when the time came to apply to law schools, I mainly chose schools in the Midwest. Notre Dame was actually the very last law school I applied to and it was the best decision I made, both for myself and my career. Ultimately, there were three things that brought me to NDLS: its vast alumni network; its highly distinguished faculty; and, most importantly, its strong sense of community. I'm still so excited to call myself an NDLS student!


Saif Islam

Saif Islam, 2L

Hometown: West Lafayette, Indiana

Undergraduate career: Purdue University, 2018, B.S. in Health Sciences, B.A. in Law and Society

NDLS extracurricular activities: 2L Representative, Student Bar Association; Vice President, Asian Law Students Association; GALILEE Co-Chair; Volunteer Lawyer Network

Legal work: Legal Intern for the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, Immigration Defense Unit

Future plans and aspirations: I plan to move to the Bay Area after graduation and practice transactional law. 

Why did you choose NDLS? Given that I am from Indiana, I had intended not to visit NDLS because I wanted to go out of state for law school. However, I visited in the Fall and ended up loving the campus and the Law School. Once I was admitted, I had the opportunity to visit NDLS again during one of the Admitted Students Open Houses and was blown away by the incredible people I met. The community at NDLS is truly  what makes this school one of the top law schools in the country — that and the alumni network, which cannot be beat. Finally, the faculty are great and are always available, whether it is school-related or not. That was a major plus for me!


Zahraa Nasser

Zahraa Nasser, 2L

Hometown: Granger, Indiana

Undergraduate career: Loyola University Chicago, 2015, B.B.A. in Finance and Economics

NDLS extracurricular activities: Business Law Forum; Women’s Legal Forum; Moot Court; Staff Editor, Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics, and Public Policy

Legal work: Summer Associate at Ropes & Gray LLP; Legal Extern for the National Immigrant Justice Center; Research Assistant for a NDLS Professor

Future plans and aspirations: I plan on pursuing a career as a transactional attorney in Chicago and aim to use my legal education to help communities re-build and grow. 

Why did you choose NDLS? I always viewed my legal education as an ethical responsibility and felt immediate relief when the classroom I shadowed during an Admitted Students Open House introduced ethical consideration as a legitimate means of decision-making. I also wanted to consider my classmates as friends and family, and the NDLS community made that easy to do. That sense of community extends to after graduation as well. The alumni network is really as good as everyone says it is!


Keith Ongeri

Keith Ongeri, 3L

Hometown: Fishers, Indiana

Undergraduate career: Indiana University-Bloomington, 2018, B.A. in Political Science

NDLS extracurricular activities: Assistant Rector, Alumni Hall; President, Student Bar Association; Black Law Students Association; Business Law Forum

Legal work: Summer Associate at Krieg Devault; Law Clerk for Bet Tzedek Legal Services, Small Business Development Program

Future plans and aspirations: I plan on pursuing a career as a business law attorney in either Los Angeles or Indianapolis. My hope is to build better businesses and communities through the law. 

Why did you choose NDLS? At NDLS, I felt a true sense of community. You can go to a lot of schools and receive a competitively ranked law degree, but not every school makes you feel at home the way NDLS does. NDLS is also a national school; you can come here and go anywhere after graduation. The flexibility and family that NDLS provides is the reason I chose it over other law schools.

 


Ben Perry

Ben Perry, 3L

Hometown: Mishawaka, Indiana

Undergraduate career: Grand Valley State University, 2012, B.S. in Film/Video Production

NDLS extracurricular activities: President, Intellectual Property Law Society; Secretary, Married and Engaged Law Society

Legal work: Judicial Extern with the Honorable Michael Gotsch, Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, South Bend Division; Legal Extern for the Office of General Counsel at the University of Notre Dame; Legal Extern with 1st Source Bank, Compliance Division; Summer Associate at Barnes & Thornburg

Future plans and aspirations: Prior to law school, I worked in human resources for many years. I am hoping to continue on that path by pursuing a career as a labor and employment attorney. I am also interested in copyright law and the effects that changes in technology and the entertainment industry have on the real world application of the law. I am working with various departments at Notre Dame to create educational programming and courses to prepare students for those changes as they begin their careers in art, writing, and entertainment.

Why did you choose NDLS? Having grown up in the area, I was already familiar with Notre Dame. But, even with that familiarity, I was stunned by the atmosphere that NDLS presented during my visits. I immediately felt like I was at home and that the Law School would be an environment that encouraged success and cooperation.


Kat Pflug

Kat Pflug, 2L

Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska

Undergraduate career: University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2019, B.S. in Finance 

NDLS extracurricular activities: President, Future Prosecuting Attorneys Council; Women’s Legal Forum

Legal work: Legal Intern for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Nebraska; Judicial Extern for the Honorable Damon Leichty, U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of Indiana

Future plans and aspirations: I hope to return to my native Nebraska and work as a federal prosecutor focused on Indian Country crimes.

Why did you choose NDLS? When I visited NDLS, every person with whom I interacted was genuine, kind, and spoke honestly about the highs and lows of law school. It was readily apparent that the faculty care for students as individuals and are concerned about their emotional and spiritual wellbeing in addition to their education. NDLS promises to make you a “different kind of lawyer” and it backs that up by being a different kind of school. I am so grateful I chose to join this supportive community that pushes me to be a better person, friend, and lawyer. 


Marquan Robertson

Marquan Robertson, 2L

Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Undergraduate career: Temple University, 2016, B.A. in Economics (with a certificate in Political Economy)

NDLS extracurricular activities: Vice President, Black Law Students Association; Staff Editor, Notre Dame Journal of Legislation; Legal Voices for Children and Youth; LexisNexis Brand Ambassador; Philadelphia Alumni Ambassador

Legal work: Summer Associate at Reed Smith LLP

Future plans and aspirations: I plan to return to Philadelphia to pursue a career in litigation. I hope to focus my practice on labor and employment law.

Why did you choose NDLS? The biggest deciding factor that led to my enrollment at NDLS was the people. As a husband and father, it was important to be in an environment that was not just understanding but supportive of my situation. Additionally, as a first-generation student, I knew that I needed more help than my peers decoding the maze that law school can place one in. As soon as I was admitted, Notre Dame provided support every step of the way, far more than any other school I considered. They put me in touch with current students and alumni that I speak to regularly to this day. I walked in my first day with a support system already in place and that was just the first of many things NDLS did to maximize my success.


Bridget Rose

Bridget Rose, 2L

Hometown: Medfield, Massachusetts

Undergraduate career: Roanoke College, 2017, B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy

NDLS extracurricular activities: Assistant Rector, Flaherty Hall; President, Jus Vitae; Women’s Legal Forum

Legal work: Judicial Intern for the Honorable David Cunis, Massachusetts District Court Judge

Future plans and aspirations: I came to law school to pursue civil and human rights law and, after my first year, have become particularly interested in criminal law. I plan to return to Boston  after graduation and practice litigation. I hope to eventually channel my interests for human rights law and criminal law by working in criminal justice.

Why did you choose NDLS? I have friends who attended Notre Dame for undergrad and was familiar with the vibrant community and mission of the University. NDLS was my top choice from the start because I knew I wanted my legal education to be more than just learning the law; I wanted a legal education that was informed by my faith, values, and a desire to learn the law to fulfill my vocation in a deeper way. The NDLS call to educate a “different kind of lawyer” truly encompasses why I wanted to go to law school in the first place – to understand the values of justice and compassion that call me to defend the dignity of every person under the law.


Hannah Walsh

Hannah Walsh, 3L

Hometown:Allen, Texas

Undergraduate career: Texas A&M University, 2018, B.B.A in Business Honors

NDLS extracurricular activities: Assistant Rector, Walsh Hall; Executive Managing Editor, Notre Dame Law Review

Legal work: Judicial Intern for the Honorable Karen Gren Scholer, U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of Texas; Legal Intern for the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas; Legal Extern for Pete for America; Legal Extern for the Office of General Counsel at the University of Notre Dame

Future plans and aspirations: I hope to return to my native Texas and practice litigation.

Why did you choose NDLS? As I went through the hectic admissions process, there were a myriad of reasons why I liked NDLS: I could have classmates from all over the country but still have a path to return home for my career; the professors were brilliant; the opportunities for professional development were plentiful; and I liked the idea of being a part of the broader Notre Dame community. However, my choice to attend NDLS was ultimately a gut decision based on the kind of lawyer and person I wanted to be. I wanted to surround myself with people who not only worked hard to become technically excellent attorneys but who also cared about their peers and the roles they could play in shaping their communities. I knew that if I wanted to enjoy my time in law school, I would have to go where community was a priority. After my visit, I knew that place was NDLS.


Stephanie Wong

Stephanie Wong, 2L

Hometown: Orlando, Florida

Undergraduate career: University of Florida, 2016, B.A. in Political Science (with minors in English and Asian American Studies)

NDLS extracurricular activities: Treasurer, Student Bar Association; Secretary, Food and Law Society; First Generation Students Association; Asian Law Students Association; Black Law Students Association

Legal work: Legal Intern for the Arlington County Circuit Court

Future plans and aspirations: I plan to return to Washington, D.C./Northern Virginia and practice as an attorney with a focus on litigation, antitrust, and technology law. Additionally, I plan to volunteer and provide legal aid to nonprofits that advance the civil liberties of minorities and the local community. 

Why did you choose NDLS? I was attracted by Notre Dame's national reputation and its strong alumni network. After attending one of the Admitted Students Open Houses, several alumni reached out to me and encouraged me to attend. Their outreach showcased Notre Dame's extensive alumni network, which has been extremely helpful in my legal career thus far.